Covid Island Discs
Day 363: Travelin’ Prayer, Billy Joel
Countdown to the year anniversary of Covid Island Discs T -4
The opening song on Billy Joel’s Piano Man album was called Travelin’ Prayer. This is a particularly interesting song musically because it begins with a snare drum and piano and slowly builds with a new musical instrument being added from verse to verse. I really like the banjo in this song. Banjos of course very rarely make an appearance in a musical arrangement but in this song Joel very clever weaves the banjo and the piano together in a very fast melody song bursting with musical character and life. Another clever addition is when the violin enters the fray. I think the tempo in this live recording of the song is even faster than the original album track which is pretty impressive as the original recording was extremely fast.